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Rev. Ruth Innes
Rev. Ruth Innes

‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ John 15:13

In our season of Remembrance we came across an article from Christ Church magazines in 1918. Rev. Jenkins was responsible for Falkirk area and Grangemouth where a mission church had just opened.

There were lots of troops going through Grangemouth which required pastoral care as well as a huge number of ‘irregular’ marriages being done in a hurry which required Benediction in church.

Rev. Jenkins was exhausted and when the curate at St Mary’s Grangemouth caught Spanish flu, he was at the end of his tether. He wrote to the Mission Board asking for help as his doctor had told him to take three or four months rest.

When no help was forthcoming he felt he had no choice but to resign in July 1919. Five hundred people signed a petition begging him to reconsider and offering more help but although he saw it as a huge compliment felt he had no choice but to move to a parish down south with a lighter load.

At this time of year we remember those who fell in the wars, but let us also remember the care-givers: the nurses and medical staff; the clergy and chaplains; the ambulance drivers and police. Those who held the fort while all the young men were serving overseas also paid the price of war. It is seldom remembered that pastoral care comes with a cost, emotional and physical. This week let us remember all those affected by war and pray for peace.

Rev. Ruth Innes, Episcopalian Christ Church, Falkirk